Friday, July 21, 2017

Weekly Recap // July 21, 2017

It's really time that I dust the ol' blog off and try to do something with it again! Even though the days of me having time to blog daily are long gone (let's face it, I can't even get an post up on Instagram every day!), I still scrap for Lawn Fawn and The Lilypad and would like a place to share what's going on at those two places.

Ashli Oliver had an amazing idea last year to round up all of her scrapping and art journaling posts from various galleries and social media into one blog post each week, and I'm going to borrow that idea from her and try to round up all of my work each Friday. We'll see if I can actually keep up with it!


Lawn Fawn has been showing off their new stamps, dies, papers, and accessories all week long. It's an absolutely massive release with three paper lines, 14 new stamp sets, 24 standalone dies, and new ink cubes, embossing powders, and glitter. Everything will be available for purchase in late August.

I think that my favorite of the bunch is the new Knock on Wood paper line- the colors are so pretty, and the pattern will go with almost anything!


You can see all of the new releases in Lawn Fawn's daily posts:

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Last fall I joined the Pollywog creative team at The Lilypad and had been having a blast making digital layouts for them. Digital scrapbooking is so much easier and faster for me in so many ways- all of the supplies are stored on a hard drive and don't require extra shelves, the ability to "undo" changes (especially with paint!) is amazing, and cleanup is as simple as closing down Photoshop.

This week I made two layouts for their weekly Froggy Friday release. You can click through each layout to see it in The Lilypad gallery along with links to the products used for each page.




The Lilypad is also having its annual Christmas in July sale this week! If you still have photos from Christmases past to catch up on, this is a great time to grab some fresh supplies to work on them! Everything in the Christmas, Winter, and Document Your December categories is 35% off through July 30.




And I did manage to get one post up on Instagram this week! I'm the official keeper of my niece and nephew's school keepsakes, and last weekend I spent some time photographing everything in the box that my brother sent home with me at the end of their school year. 

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Some of the physical items will be kept, but a lot of it can be recycled now. All of the pictures will be printed into a photo book for each child, so at the end of their school careers they'll theoretically have one tote full of the actual projects and then a collection of slim photo books that capture everything else. 

And now I'm off to work for the day and then to enjoy the weekend. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Lawn Fawn // Perfectly Plaid Layouts

Welcome back to my third entry for Lawn Fawn's February Inspiration Week! Today I have two layouts to share using the new Perfectly Plaid papers that were part of the CHA Winter 2016 release. All of the new items will be available for purchase on February 18th in the Lawn Fawn shop and at other retailers, and both Simon Says Stamp and Scrapbook.com actually have the entire CHA Winter 2016 release available for preorder right now!

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My first layout uses Perfectly Plaid pretty much on its own- just some white cardstock, vellum, and a tag added in. I find that my Lawn Fawn layouts are a little bit less full of "stuff" than my other pages, simply because the company makes fewer embellishments. I enjoy the challenge, though, and they make plenty of dies that make it easy to make my own page accents.

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Hands down my favorite Lawn Fawn dies to use on layouts are their alphabets. I used Finley's ABCs to cut the title for this page from some salmon colored felt. A few years ago I bought a big 6x9 sampler pack of awesome wool blend felt from Benzie Design, and it's become a staple on my Lawn Fawn pages. Honestly, if I could go back in time to when I first started scrapbooking, I wouldn't buy Thickers or large alphabet stickers at all- I'd gladly trade them all for alphabet dies and some basic materials such as foam, felt, and cork that are so versatile and don't leave you with lots of leftover letters!

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You'll be seeing lots of miss Sophie Clare on my Perfectly Plaid layouts over the next few months since her wardrobe seems to be a perfect match for the colors in the collection, but for my second layout today I actually ventured into some garden photos.

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This page mixes Perfectly Plaid with Lawn Fawn's second new paper collection, Let's Polka in the Meadow. The colors in the two lines really complement each other nicely.

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I used another set of Lawn Fawn alphabet dies- this time it was Cole's ABCs- to cut my title from some thin cork sheets.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'll be back tomorrow with one final card using more of the new release stamps. See you then!



If you are interested in the products that I used in this post, you'll find them linked up below. I do participate in affiliate programs and use those links where possible. If you make a purchase after clicking on one of these links I do earn a small commission, but it doesn't cost you anything extra. The Lawn Fawn products used in this post were provided to me in exchange for design work. The remaining products were my own purchases. 


Monday, February 15, 2016

Lawn Fawn // Rooting For You Card


Hello, and a very happy Monday to everyone! I'm back with another card for Lawn Fawn's February installment of their Inspiration Week, and this time I'm using the new Rooting For You stamp set that was part of their CHA Winter 2016 release. All of the new items will be available for purchase on February 18th in the Lawn Fawn shop and at other retailers, and both Simon Says Stamp and Scrapbook.com actually have the entire CHA Winter 2016 release available for preorder right now!

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Rooting For You was one of my favorite sets from this release because I love the effect you get from layered stamping. This is Lawn Fawn's first excursion into this type of design, but with their expanding ink line it's a natural direction for them to branch into. Most of the vegetables have two layers- one a solid base and then another to add more detail- and the greens are stamped in two parts, as well.

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These are very easy to line up, and if you've been intimidated by layered stamps in the past this would be a great set to start with. The faces are also separate stamps, so you have your choice or kawaii or non-kawaii vegetables depending on your mood. There are examples of both by the Lawn Fawn team over on the company blog, along with intro project videos by Kelly.

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This was the card that actually started my watercolor "blob" obsession with this release. I was looking for a cute way to represent dirt and sky and wasn't thrilled with the results I was getting from ink blending. I always love Kay Miller's watercolored cards, and while I'm nowhere near as good as she is, I do like how it turned out on my projects!

Like yesterday's card, I cut the watercolor background using the largest of the Small Stitched Rectangles dies and adhered it to a card base made from 100 lb Neenah Desert Storm cardstock. The sentiment is stamped using Versamark ink and white embossing powder to make it pop off of the brown background.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Tomorrow Lawn Fawn will be showcasing their new Perfectly Plaid paper collection, and I'll have two layouts to share. See you then!



If you are interested in the products that I used in this post, you'll find them linked up below. I do participate in affiliate programs and use those links where possible. If you make a purchase after clicking on one of these links I do earn a small commission, but it doesn't cost you anything extra. The Lawn Fawn products used in this post were provided to me in exchange for design work. The remaining products were my own purchases.